The freezing, dusty haze of 7 September saw 1459 cyclists from across Queensland converge on the Toowoomba bypass, set to be the first wheels to cross the 73km course as part of the official opening of the road. The Rotary Club of Toowoomba organised the “Ride the Second Range Crossing” event, which was successful in raising funds for several Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley charities.

From this event the Rotary Club was able to present LifeFlight with a cheque of $44,000. LifeFlight is a not-for-profit that provides emergency medical treatment to rural and remote communities through helicopter transport to hospitals. LifeFlight intends to use this money to a tanker of aviation gas fuel, allowing for approximately 35 emergency flights.

Further funds raised at the Ride the Second Range Crossing have gone to Emerge, Lifeline and the Salvation Army. The Rotary Club of Toowoomba are now planning the tenth-annual Ride the Range event, scheduled for 29 March 2020.

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